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Japan: Air Liquide will open the hydrogen station in Fukuoka’s “Green Asia International Strategic Comprehensive Special Zone”

Air Liquide Japan announces that it will open “Fukuoka Miyata Hydrogen Station” in Miyawaka City, Fukuoka Prefecture. Construction has been started to complete in February 2017, and open in March 2017.

On October 26, 2016, Air Liquide Japan received the certificate of “Green Asia International Strategic Comprehensive Special Zone” program, from Mr. Hiroshi Ogawa, Governor of Fukuoka Prefecture, as 57th company supported by the program. The station will benefit from METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan) and Fukuoka Prefecture support.

The station will be built on the land rented by Toyota Motor Kyushu, Inc., inside its Miyata Plant. The site is located between Fukuoka City and Kita-kyushu City, which have also been  equipped with public-use hydrogen stations. Its location, convenient for users, will allow it to become one of the main areas of hydrogen mobility development in Kyushu.

The station employs the “compressed hydrogen off-site” system, bringing high pressure hydrogen gas from sources in Kyushu area, and adjusting the pressure of the material gas to charge hydrogen-powered vehicles.

Air Liquide masters the entire hydrogen supply chain, from production to storage and from distribution to the development of applications for end users. The Group is actively participating in promoting the widespread use of hydrogen as a clean energy, especially for the transportation sector. At the end of 2015, 75 hydrogen charging stations have already been designed and installed by Air Liquide worldwide. In Japan, it co-runs two public-use hydrogen charging stations in Aichi Prefecture through the joint venture with Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and runs one in Saga, which was just opened earlier this year.


Air Liquide in Japan
Established in 1907 in Japan, Air Liquide now serves 15,000 customers across the country, particularly in Electronics, thanks to its 2,000 employees. The Group also has a Research and Technology Centre in Tsukuba (near Tokyo) and an Engineering center in  Kobe. Japan serves as a technology & research base for Air Liquide in Asia and beyond.


Hydrogen, a clean energy
Used in a fuel cell, hydrogen combines with oxygen from the air to produce electricity while releasing only water. Hydrogen can be produced from diverse sources of energy, including natural gas, but also from many renewable energy sources. This makes hydrogen one of the solutions for the supply of clean energy, while its storage capacity offers a guarantee of supply safety.

Blue Hydrogen
Is an Air Liquide program whose goal is to gradually decarbonize its production of hydrogen dedicated to energy applications. In practical terms, Air Liquide has made a commitment to produce at least 50% of the hydrogen necessary for these applications through carbon-free processes by 2020 by combining:


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